Upcoming Workshops

Our workshops for professionals and students are approved for continuing education credits (CECs) by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation for social workers (LCSW/LSW), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT),  professional / clinical counselors (LCPC/LPC), and clinical psychologists.

To register online with a credit card, go to the workshop page listed below, fill out the form and click “Buy Now.” You will be directed to Paypal, a securely hosted site, to process your payment (Paypal account not required). To register by mail or fax, go to the workshop page listed below, print out the brochure and mail completed registration form to 20 N Wacker Drive: Suite 1442, Chicago, IL 60606, OR fax to 312-372-4732. Once we receive your payment, we will send an e-mail confirming your registration, the workshop location, and schedule for the day.

Friday, October 27, 2017Rolland-2010


Addressing Couple and Family Challenges

John Rolland, M.D., M.P.H.

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Conditions involving neurocognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury, present heart-wrenching challenges for individuals and their loved ones. Because they alter capacities for relational connection in varied ways, they can profoundly affect couple bonds and family life. Caregiving stresses over time can have serious health and mental health consequences and reverberate throughout the network of relationships.

Drawing on his Family Systems Illness model and forthcoming book, Dr. Rolland provides a resilience-based practice approach and guidelines with case illustrations/video to maximize coping and adaptation over time. He will address couple and family challenges with mild to severe cognitive impairment and progressive dementias, including: communication issues, threatened future neurocognitive disability, ambiguous loss, decisional capacity, reaching limits, placement decisions, and issues for adult children and spousal caregivers. He will highlight core challenges for couples, such as intimacy, sexuality, and re-visioning hopes and dreams. Principles and guidelines are provided to help couples and families master these complex challenges, deepen bonds, and forge positive pathways ahead. We will discuss preventive screening, family consultation/assessment, treatment planning, and services in a range of healthcare settings.

John Rolland, M.D., M.P.H. is an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Executive Co-Director and Co-founder of the Chicago Center for Family Health. Widely recognized for his conceptual model and clinical work with families facing serious physical disorders, he has published extensively including his landmark book, Families, Illness, and Disability: An Integrative Treatment Model; Individuals, Families, and the New Era of Genetics: Biopsychosocial Perspectives (co-authored), and forthcoming, Helping Couples and Families Navigate Illness and Disability: An Integrative Practice Approach. He is past-President of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), recipient of its Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy Award, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. An AAMFT approved supervisor, he recently served on the Board of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.


Civic Opera Building, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago Loop – 6th Floor Conference Room

Workshop Schedule (6 CECs)                

8:30 – 9:00     Registration

9:00 – 12:15    Morning Session

12:15 – 1:15    Lunch (on your own)

1:15 – 4:00     Afternoon Session

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